Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The "Chinese Dress"

So here it is! The dress I have been contemplating and planning and yearning to sew for the past couple of months is finally finished. I am very happy with the result.

My little brother Eli took saw me in my dress yesterday and said, "Bessie, I didn't know you had a Chinese dress!" So cute.

The original idea was inspired by this amazing Alexander Henry fabric (which is on sale right now!):

And this fabulous Boden shift dress:

I used this old McCall's pattern from the 60's (#5744, view B) as the base for my creation. The raglan sleeve design worked perfectly with the yoke style dress I wished to make. At the top of the bodice I made four pleats. I also added pockets. I really think that every dress should have at least one pocket, preferably two. ;)

I am working on a self-fabric belt to wear with this dress.
I am so so so happy with how the "Chinese Dress" turned out! It is the most comfortable dress I have ever worn. I'm going to make one in every color. ;)


Billie said...

I love it!! can't wait for you to teach me how to make it....hee hee. you did a great job!

Rebekah said...

Wow, I love this! Great job!! I'd love to find a pattern like this :)

Trudy Callan said...

Awesome job.

Su said...

Wow. That is just great. I love it.

marLou said...

Great job, as always! I love the red piping detail. It really pop out and makes more special.